HAZLET –Police Saturday night arrested and charged a 27-year old Westfield man for his involvement in an accident which damaged three cars on Middle Road, at Brookside Avenue. They also charged him with resisting arrest.
Witnesses say the man, driving his mother’s white pickup Toyota Tundra, was traveling east on Middle Road at a high rate of speed just before 8:30 p.m. when he attempted to pass a white Honda Accord attempting to make a left turn onto Brookside Avenue by passing it on the left.
The collision caused his vehicle to travel up the curb and over the grass of 1 Brookside Ave. and 265 Middle Road, hitting a metal crosswalk sign and a large tree, according to the accident report. The pickup started to overturn, coming to rest on its roof on Middle Road. A wheel rim frame from the car broke off and continued traveling east on Middle Road approximately 300 feet, hitting into a parked and unoccupied Chevrolet Malibu parked in the driveway of 273 Middle Road causing minor damage, the report said.
A witness told police that he rushed to help the pickup driver seconds after the car overturned and found the driver climbing out of the driver’s side window. The Hazlet resident asked if anyone else was in the pickup. The pickup driver replied, “I am by my (expletive) self” and proceeded to head down Middle Road, shirtless, as officers were arriving at the scene, according to the statement.
“Our officers found him on Lynn Boulevard, walking away. He refused all instructions,” said Lt. Scott Mura, on Tuesday. Police showed a Taser-like device, but did not use it, Mura said. Instead he was subdued by officers with assistance from some bystanders and handcuffed. He continued to struggle with officers as he was taken away to be booked, Mura said. Though he had scrapes on his shoulders and arms, he declined first aid treatment.
A family member told police that an hour before the accident the 27-year old man had been banging on his garage door in frustration and anger before driving off in a white pickup, and that he has a history of mental issues.
The driver of the Honda Accord had minor abrasions to his head. He was treated and released from the hospital.
Another Hazlet resident reported to police that moments before the crash the pickup driver had come up behind her without slowing and passed her in the 35 mph zone. She said she was an eyewitness to his next attempt to pass the left-turning car, and the collision that followed.
The police transported the pickup driver to Bayshore Hospital in Holmdel to be evaluated. Police did not administer alcohol or drug tests.
The Hillcrest Avenue man, who told police he is employed as a field engineer, was charged with resisting lawful arrest, reckless driving, careless driving, improper passing, failure to maintain lane and leaving the scene of an accident.
He was released on a summons and is scheduled to appear in Hazlet municipal court on August 6 at 12:30 p.m.